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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 23, 2009 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: we all need acceptance...somewhere

Semi-innocent query - do you usually write things the way you say them? I have a somewhat fetching and sexy Scottish accent - the envy of most of the miscreants around here - but I don't write with one. So why do you feel the need to write like a comic book foreigner at least some of the time? Maybe you do indeed say jglynn in that way in your head, but you can see that it isn't written like that. I'm just curious.

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 23, 2009 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: we all need acceptance...somewhere

In french language we do write same as we say,in english either the spelling of a written word can be different of the way it is said .Perso I had to learn hearing english with americans to then learn how to recognize also the written words It was not the scholarly stuffy way to learn a new language ,but it worked best ,as I learned in 6 months to understand amaricans and start to construct my speaking I admit that after 6 months I HAD to take about 20 live bilingual lessons for how to build a grammatical phrase Kids would learn foreign languages easiest that way ,maybe ?

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 23, 2009 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: we all need acceptance...somewhere

I don't know much about ftching or sexy scottish accent ,but I like the austerity of scottish castles and the savage nature of scottish lands ,even tho I've never been there perso .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 23, 2009 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: we all need acceptance...somewhere

Your query got me thinking, Rob, and with your background, curious if you have any insights into what I call the "need for internal prounciation while reading phenomenon"...when reading, I find that an oddly spelled name which I cannot pronounce, greatly impacts my ability to read passages...my mind struggles with it each time, and I feel compelled to "say it" to myself or I cannot move on in the story. I've often thought I will just visually recognize it as a jumble of letters that stands for someone, but fail...I have to be able to "say it" to proceed.

The point I am stumbling over here is whether it is innate to the reading process that we be able to "talk it out" as we go...

Anyway, maybe just me...maybe not clearly articulated either, but there you have it!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 23, 2009 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: we all need acceptance...somewhere

Your experience is exactly similar to mine. If I come across a word that I don't recognise, and have no idea how to pronounce, it brings me to a grinding halt while I make up my mind what to do about it and how I'm going to handle it next time I see it. I will even, now and then, act out a gesture described by the author so I'm clear about what a character is doing.

I'm a slow reader anyway as my eye is apt to snag on anything unfamiliar, out of place or maybe misspelled (comes from years of proofreading). The whole notion of what's going on in our brains when we read is a fascinating one. If I type 'cat', for example, you see three familiar letter shapes on your screen, and you know what together they signify. but I'd be very surprised if a picture forms in your head even fleetingly of an actual cat. It's that ability to use signifiers that, I believe, truly places us apart from every other creature on the planet. If there's anything else around with a sophisticated system of symbology I'd love to hear about it.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 23, 2009 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: we all need acceptance...somewhere

Kewl.

[per your earlier question, those letters work wonderfully, and our mind's eye (ear?) might even prefer them to trad'l "cool"]